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12-22-2011, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I think a large part of it is that the quality of the "average" goalie was at an all-time low in the 1970s with rapid expansion, the WHA, and no influx of European talent. Also, the disperity in teams (godawful teams are going to brutalize their goalie stats) was a factor.

Not to mention that today, goalie coaching has become a science, and if we know anything about good coaching, it narrows the gap between those with natural talent and those without.

I think it's clear that Esposito, Parent, and Dryden were the best regular season goalies of the decade, but I don't think comparing their save percentages vs. the league average means the same as today.
that needed to be said in this thread! Thanks! I was thinking that the lack of parity between teams could throw these numbers all over the place, but that no one would probably listen to me. Glad you said it.

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